Campaigners to defend Yunus Bakhsh, the leading Unison union and health service activist, have obtained several important documents that detail exchanges between his employer and his union.
Following anonymous allegations by a handful of people at his trust, Yunus was last year suspended by his employers.
The letters obtained under the freedom of information act show that on 18 August 2006 Yunus’s bosses wrote to the national union complaining of activities that most Unison branch secretaries would be proud of.
The allegations include:
- The use of “confidential information” about salaries to expose a 40 percent pay rise given to directors.
- Speaking out to the press against cuts and closures without permission.
The letter concludes by saying that unless Unison takes action to prevent Yunus playing this role, it will take disciplinary action against him.
The personnel file obtained also contains his union’s official response to this threat.
A letter of reply from a regional Unison official dated 1 September 2006 says that the union will “investigate” the claims.
The file contains no further responses.
Yunus is a celebrated figure on the left of the union, and has continually questioned the national union’s strategy of subordinating the needs of its members to those of the Labour government that the union’s leaders support.
Within a few weeks of this correspondence Yunus found that he was also to be suspended from his union – without charge.
Yunus remains suspended to this date.
Send messages of support to Yunus at firstname.lastname@example.org
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